Statement of Solidarity


We, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors and Staff, stand in solidarity with Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color in outrage over the senseless death of George Floyd in Minnesota, on May 25, 2020, and countless others as a result of racist violence in our country.

Our commitment to you has been to provide an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all.

As a theatre, we know stories matter. We understand that stories can be used to degrade or humiliate; but stories can empower and empathize communities. The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is a theatre that builds community, we must use our greatest tool of storytelling to effect positive change and social justice for all. This is why we are committed to being respectful and supportive storytellers and allies to people of color and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

As the Board of Directors and Staff of South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, we express our love and kinship with all oppressed people in the country, and we call for immediate systemic change with unity, justice, dignity, and respect.



Thanks for joining us June 8-14 for our a socially-distanced, week-long celebration of all things Shakespeare

​South Dakota Shakespeare Festival,

at a Distance!

Available now

Shakespeare Online

Links to free recorded performances, scripts, family activities, and more!

We look forward to coming back strong, and reconnecting with our audiences, artists, and community face-to-face in 2021.

Watch June 8th - 14th

About Us


The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education.


SDSF’s 2019 season is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, City of Vermillion, Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, United Way of Vermillion, and the University of South Dakota.




Brian Smallwood Hired as Director of Operations and Production

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Smallwood as Director of Operations and Production (DOP). The DOP oversees the planning of the production process in collaboration with the Executive Artistic Director and Production Director.

Smallwood has project managed as a Technical Director and Production Manager for dozens of Off and Off-Off Broadway companies. He co-founded a production company called No Time for Love Productions, with clients like the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York Musical Festival, New York Photo Festival, and Second Stage. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2013 with an MFA in Technical Design and Production.

Smallwood is currently an Associate Professor and Production Manager for James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance. His research interests include structural engineering for production and increasing productivity through employee wellness. In his role as DOP, Smallwood will work in Vermillion during rehearsal and production, and remotely the rest of the year.

AmazonSmile customers can now support South Dakota Shakespeare Festival in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. Thank you for supporting SDSF!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device

  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'

  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process


If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival strives to make our programs accessible to everyone.

For more information, questions, or to request accommodations, please contact us at (605) 622-0423, or

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